As you probably know by now, Creekstone is having our long-awaited "Particularization Service" THIS SUNDAY, April 3, when we become an independent, self-governing congregation! During this service we will ordain and install our first elders, as well as install yours truly as Organizing/Founding Pastor. Rather than a morning gathering, the service will be at 4:00 p.m. Same location … Continue reading This is a Big Deal!
This is the final message in our Gospel of John study which was preached on Easter Sunday, 2016. Sermon Notes: Today is a message for skeptics... After all, this is Easter Sunday, which we know is not primarily about brightly colored eggs and bunnies, but rather is about the claims in the Bible that Jesus … Continue reading “A Message for Skeptics” – John 20:24-31
Thanks to my friend and fellow church planter, Chris Fogelsong, for this great "gospel equation" that he discovered in Ray Ortlund's book, The Gospel. "The family of God is where people behave in a new way. I think of it with a simple equation: gospel + safety + time. The family of God is … Continue reading Gospel + Safety + Time
Listen to the sermon audio: Sermon notes: Until his recent death, Lee McCarty was the most famous potter in Mississippi, if not one of the most recognized in the south and possibly the nation. Using clay dug from the Mississippi Delta, he created both functional and decorative pottery, some of which has even been featured … Continue reading “The Super-Glue of Christian Unity” • John 17:20-21 (audio & notes)
After 24 years of marriage, I finally have discovered what women really want. This discovery took place as I was hand washing a pile of dishes that had accumulated in our sink over the past several days. Life has been hectic and our dishwasher is not playing nice. Not to mention that my wife has … Continue reading What Women Really Want
Hello Creekstone friends, Last Sunday we talked about the persecuted church. But not the persecuted church we normally think of when we consider religious persecution—not the Middle East, or China or Sudan, but here in the U.S. Persecution? Here? The tide may seem to be slowly rising, but it is rising. We need to be … Continue reading Did You Miss This?
Traumatic is the word we use. When his heart rate crashed on the monitor, we knew something was terribly wrong—so wrong, that within moments, the NICU team had burst into the birthing room. A nurse soon climbed upon my wife, began pushing forcefully upon her swollen abdomen and commanded me to "get in her face … Continue reading A Tribute to My Son on His 18th Birthday
Listen to the audio: Read the sermon notes: Few of us who saw the image will soon forget it. Just over a year ago, a line of twenty-one Egyptian Christians dressed in orange jumpsuits, were kneeling on a beach near Tripoli in Libya, just moments before masked ISIS executioners dressed in full black beheaded them simply … Continue reading “The Persecuted Church” • John 15:18-20
Apparently, Andy Stanley will be coming out with a video explanation this week concerning his "what did he just say" comments about large vs smaller churches. As a preacher/pastor myself, I know what it's like to say something off-the-cuff and wish you could stick it back in your mouth. Andy Stanley is one of the best … Continue reading Does Andy Stanley Really Need to Apologize?
This is a special message delivered for Creekstone in light of the elder confirmation elections that were held on March 6 after the morning service. Here are my notes (elaboration on audio): It has been said that necessity is the mother of invention. That was true for the fencing industry during the days following the … Continue reading “The Elder Team” • 1 Peter 5:1-4
I read this article and am wondering what it might look like to create quiet zones in life, maybe in my home, or at least somewhere? What do you think? Imagine a cell phone free zone. Actually, the United States has such a place. It's called "The Quiet Zone." Anyone driving west from Washington DC … Continue reading A Quiet Zone
In 1969, in a science lab in New Jersey, Canadian physicist Willard Boyle and his colleagues invented the concept of an electronic eye. Using their knowledge of mathematics and the behaviour of light they provided the science behind digital cameras known as a charged-coupled device or CCD. The CCD technology revolutionized photography, as light could … Continue reading No Need to Explain: “I Invented It”
These are notes from Thomas R. Schreiner, 1, 2 Peter, Jude, vol. 37, The New American Commentary (Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 2003), 231–232. In vv. 1–4 Peter addressed the elders in the church. The word “elders” (presbyteroi) is often used in the New Testament to refer to those who had leadership positions in the church.58 … Continue reading Elders in the Early Church
Sometimes life is like driving in a fog. In John 14:1-6, Jesus gives us very clear directions on how to step out with peace and hope... even in the fog. Here are my sermon notes (which are expanded upon in the audio message): In the spring of 2014, I drove my firstborn child up Lookout … Continue reading “Faith for the Fog” • John 14:1-6